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The Maldives is one of the best places in the world to go diving and snorkelling. Made up of nearly 1,200 islands, this Indian Ocean paradise is peppered with rich coral reefs and shipwrecks, all teeming with marine life. On a Maldives diving holiday, you can expect to see tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and more. And, because the water here stays warm all year round, you won’t even need to wear a wetsuit.
Whether you’re an experienced pro or a total novice, a diving holiday in the Maldives is sure to be an unforgettable experience. As well as the dive sites scattered throughout the Maldives’ tropical waters, many islands have their very own house reef – an accessible reef that’s either by the beach or just a short swim away. If you’re a keen diver, staying at a resort with a house reef is a must. With easy access to the corals, you’ll be able to start your day in the water as soon as you wake up. And, thanks to the Maldives’ model of one resort per island, you’ll mostly have the reef to yourself. Hotels like Hurawalhi Island Resort, OBLU by Atmosphere and Reethi Faru Resort have some of the best house reefs in the Maldives, but our experts will help you choose the right resort for you.
If you’re a complete beginner and want to learn to scuba dive in the Maldives, remember to look out for resorts with their own PADI dive centre. But, wherever you stay, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go snorkelling and diving in the Maldives. A number of resorts have fantastic excursions, including boat trips and island-hopping tours. Atmosphere Kanifushi, for instance, offers unlimited snorkelling excursions across seven sites. Or take a look at LUX* South Ari Atoll – this plush resort is within easy reach of several coral reefs, and is perfectly placed for whale shark sightings.
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Save up to £930 per couple. Based on 7 nights All-Inclusive. Includes flights and return seaplane transfers
On Dhidhoofinolhu Island in the south of the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll is the ideal spot for a scenic break in paradise. The Island is something of a foodie paradise, with over 10 places to eat and drink across the resort.
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Kuredu Resort & Spa sits on one of the Maldives’ largest islands, and there’s a lot to see and do. Perfect your golf at the on-site driving range and putting greens – the first to ever open in the Maldives – or head to the tennis courts to take on your friends and family.
Save up to £250 per couple. Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes flights and Seaplane transfers
One of the Maldives’ most popular holiday resorts for couples and families, the Vilamendhoo Island Resort offers an enticing blend of fun, relaxation and luxury in a setting of extraordinary natural splendour. With more than 50 dive sites nearby, Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa is a diver’s paradise.
7 nights full board including speedboat transfers and flights
Coco Bodu Hithi has won more than 15 awards from a number of key names in the luxury travel world. This stylish resort has been named as one of the most romantic destinations in the world by Condé Nast and the South Asian Travel Awards.
Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes return flights & free speedboat transfers
OBLU by Atmosphere serves as an idyllic Maldivian oasis where travellers can ease back and enjoy a world of comfort in paradise. OBLU by Atmosphere is on the scenic island of Helengeli – part of the Maldives’ North Male Atoll – just a 50-minute boat ride from Velana Airport.
Great value offer. Save up to £1,100 per couple. Based on half board & includes seaplane transfers
In the Maldives’ northern Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island is an idyllic resort. When you touch down at the resort, seven bars and cosy restaurants await, where you can eat your way across the globe